Archive for July, 2013

Team USA announces orientation camp roster

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Team USA announced its orientation camp roster Monday. There were no Bruins on the roster, though a couple of former B’s in Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler will compete for a shot to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Additionally, Canadiens forwards Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk were invited. The camp roster is as follows:

Goalies: Craig Anderson, John Gibson, Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider.

Defensemen: Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, John Carlson, Dan DeKeyser, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Jake Gardiner, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Nick Leddy, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter, Jacob Trouba, Keith Yandle.

Forwards: Justin Abdelkader, David Backes, Beau Bennett, Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Alex Galchenyuk, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Palmieri, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad, Craig Smith, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler

Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand all invited to Team Canada orientation camp

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic will all attend Team Canada orientation camp this August, as 47 Canadian players compete to represent their country in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

While Lucic and Marchand will compete to play in the Olympics for the first time in their careers, Bergeron was a member of the 2010 team that won the gold medal in 2010. Bergeron is a member of the Triple Gold Club as a player who has won gold at the Olympics and World Junior Championships in addition to winning the Stanley Cup.

Claude Julien was named an assistant coach Monday for Team Canada, which will be led by Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

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In wake of Rolling Stone controversy, Bruins revel in role as supporters of Boston Marathon bombing victims

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

While Rolling Stone magazine waxes poetically over the tragic downfall of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the victims from the Boston Marathon bombing continue to heal. Families that lost loved ones — like the relatives of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who will never have the chance to celebrate 9, or the Campbell family, which was planning a 30th birthday party for beloved Krystle — are forced to exist for the rest of their lives missing an integral piece of their hearts.

Janet Reitman‘€™s story from the Aug. 1 edition of Rolling Stone attempts to humanize an alleged murderer, detailing the process of how a seemingly normal person becomes a terrorist. Though Reitman was able to detail Tsarnaev’€™s smooth ways with his female classmates in high school, a glaring absence in the story is any mention of the victims. In addition to an outrageously callous cover designed solely to sell magazines, Reitman’s story neglected to express any sorrow for the victims and their families that still suffer — with burns, broken hearts and lost limbs — as a direct result of the brutality allegedly caused by the subject of her very story.

The Bruins were the first team to play in Boston after the city ceased its lockdown. A matinee hockey game with the Penguins ensued on Saturday, April 20, mere hours after the suspect was captured by another set of heroes. Thanks to the work of the Watertown Police Department, also conspicuous by their absence in the Rolling Stone story, Tsarnaev was unable to cause any more carnage. From the moment the puck dropped at the Garden, Boston’€™s professional hockey team captured the hearts of this city and, in its own way, helped the victims feel whole again.

Jarrod Clowery, a 35-year-old who watched the Marathon with a group of friends from Stoneham, had his hands and legs burned and, in some places, even shredded at the hands of the Marathon bombers’ madness. During his still-ongoing recovery process, the first time he felt like himself took place at a Bruins game.

‘€œI had the chance to be flag captain in Game 7 against Toronto,’€ said Clowery. ‘€œWe watched in the Heineken board room but we went out in the stands after the third [Bruins] goal. I was actually just fresh out of the hospital, so I had a tough time that night. But the whole overtime, I was normal. It was like I never was involved in a bombing. I was out with all the other fans in the stands and my adrenaline was pumping. Who cares if they lost the Cup? You can be proud to be a Bruins fan.’€

Unlike many of his friends, Clowery is fortunate not to have lost any limbs during the explosion. Friends from Stoneham — Marc Fucarile and brothers J.P. and Paul Norden — lost limbs. Fucarile, who has been through 15 visits to the operating room and nearly 50 operations, had his right knee amputated above the knee. He also suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns over half his body, as well as two fractures in his left leg. Shrapnel from the bomb literally littered his body. The Norden brothers each lost a leg in the bombing. Their bodies also were ravaged by burns and shrapnel.

“I was hopping the railing when I heard the first bomb go off,” Clowery recalled. “I told everybody, ‘€˜Get in the street, get in the street!’€™ I was three feet from the bomb. The bomb blew under me, filling me from my ass to my ankles in shrapnel but, obviously, leaving me whole. The others were still flat-footed on the ground. That’€™s why they took the brunt of the damage. But let me tell you something: My friends Marc, J.P., and Paul are pretty big guys. They saved people’€™s lives by taking that blast. And now they need help.”

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Report: Jaromir Jagr agrees with Devils

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Devils and free agent right wing Jaromir Jagr have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. Czech TV reporter Roman Jedlicka had reported a deal was close over the weekend.

The Bruins elected to let Jagr leave via free agency after trading a first-round pick, Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne to the Stars for him prior to the trade deadline. Jagr had two goals and seven assists for nine points in 11 regular-season games for the B’s, and he had a solid postseason performance despite not scoring (he had 10 assists) in 22 playoff games.

The Devils will become the 41-year-old Jagr’s seventh NHL team (Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Flyers, Stars, Bruins) and fourth team in the last three seasons.

Claude Julien named assistant coach for Team Canada at 2014 Olympics

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Bruins coach Claude Julien was named an assistant coach for Team Canada at February’s Sochi Olympics.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will be the head coach — as he was in 2010 when Canada beat Team USA to win the gold in Vancouver — with Ken Hitchcock (Blues) and Lindy Ruff (Stars) also serving as assistants.

The NHL announced Friday that its players will be made available to play in the Olympics.

Julien, who has coached the Bruins since 2007, was an assistant to Marc Habscheid at the 2006 World Championships, where Canada finished fourth. Julien was the head coach of Canada’s national junior team that won the bronze medal at the U-20 World Championship in 2000.

NHL schedule released, Bruins open vs. Lightning

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The NHL released both its 2013-14 schedule and the names for the new divisions Friday. The Bruins, who are in the Atlantic Division with the Sabres, Red Wings, Pnathers, Canadiens, Senators, Lightning and Maple Leafs, will open on Oct. 3 against the Lightning at TD Garden. Their season-opening homestand will then continue with games against the Red Wings and Colorado.

The Bruins will play the Blackhawks twice, with the B’s facing the Stanley Cup champions in Chicago on Jan. 19 and hosting them on March 27. They will not face the Canadiens until Dec. 5, when they travel to Montreal for the first of four games against their division rival.

The schedule will feature a midseason break from Feb. 9 to Feb. 26 to allow players to compete in the 2o14 Sochi Olympics. As a result, the schedule is more compressed on both sides, including 17 occurrences of games on back-to-back days for the Bruins.

Tyler Seguin will return to Boston with the Stars on Nov. 5, marking his first trip back to the Garden since the B’s traded him and Rich Peverley to Dallas on July 4. Andrew Ference and the Oilers will be in town on Feb. 1, while Nathan Horton may not face his former team this season, since he is out for 4-6 months due to shoulder surgery and the B’s and Blue Jackets play their entire three-game season series in the first two months of the season.

Vancouver will host the Bruins on Dec. 14, marking the Bruins’ first trip to Rogers Arena for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup on June 15, 2011. The Bruins’ annual post-Thanksgiving matinee will be played Nov. 29 at TD Garden against the Rangers.

For the complete schedule, click here. For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

Kevin Dillon contributed to this report.

Peter Chiarelli on Salk & Holley: Bruins got better in offseason

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli joined Salk & Holley on Wednesday, discussing a busy shakeup of his roster this offseason that most notably saw him trade former second overall pick Tyler Seguin to the Stars in a deal that brought Loui Eriksson to Boston.

Chiarelli said that though he had publicly questioned Seguin’s professionalism, he felt that he was a “good teammate.” Much was made of Seguin’s partying — a concern the team brought to his attention during the first round of the playoffs before hiring a guard to stand outside his hotel room to make sure he didn’t leave — but Chiarelli said Seguin’s off-ice issues weren’t major.

“He liked to be out,” Chiarelli said. “That doesn’t mean he was out drinking or out late. I know he was at times, but he liked to live life. I respect that.”

The issue, Chiarelli said, was that the Bruins ultimately couldn’t wait for Seguin to reach his potential with their best player’s prime years going by. Chiarelli admitted that with captain Zdeno Chara (36 years old) not getting any younger, the team is in more of a win-now mode, which made swapping Seguin for the established Eriksson (27) more appealing.

“Not that we’re in a window — because hopefully this window will be added to and we’ll keep going and replenishing our players — but [Seguin's] a natural center and a guy that we got out of a trade that brought good returns in Tyler and Dougie [Hamilton] and Jared Knight, but he was an elite player that was pushed down our lineup because of where we were as a team,” Chiarelli said. “If you can recall his first year, year and a half, he was. It was almost like he was too soon for his time on our team. That was part of it.”

Chiarelli said that he believes Seguin will be successful in Dallas, but he isn’t afraid that the B’s will regret the trade because of what they’re getting back in Eriksson.

“I have a good idea of what Tyler will become and I don’t worry about it. You’ve got to know what you’re getting and how that will help you win now. There’s a real good chance that Tyler becomes a star. When we traded Phil [Kessel] I said publicly that this guy’s at least a 35-goal-scorer, a 40-goal-scorer. We knew what we were trading, but it’s about what you’re getting back and how you can win with it.”

As for Nathan Horton’s decision not to re-sign with the Bruins, Chiarelli shared that the team’s intention was to bring Horton back. In years past, the GM had shared that he’d told players to test the market (Michael Ryder and Tomas Kaberle) prior to their departure, but Chiarelli long being on record of wanting Horton return seems to indicate that Horton’s decision to not even negotiate with the B’s was a personal one.

The offseason has seen the Bruins trade Seguin and Rich Peverley for Eriksson and three prospects, lose Horton, Andrew Ference and Anton Khudobin to free agency, not re-sign Jaromir Jagr and bring in Jarome Iginla and goaltender Chad Johnson via free agency. The team has also signed Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask to eight-year contracts. Asked if he felt the Bruins are better now than they were last season, Chiarelli said he did.

“I think we are,” he said. “We lose a little on the character and speed from the outset, but I thought we gained it back with Iginla and got more natural wingers. I think we’re a better team. If it’s a wash as far as the additions and subtractions, I think our team gets better because our core is getting older and stronger and better.”